Fist time sailing a Freedom

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Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby Belanich » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:57 am

In two weeks Dolcetto (F38) is finally launched! This will be the first time that I have sailed her or any Freedom. I hope to have the mast stepped and leave it up for many years. I replaced the jib sheave, halyards, topping lift, lazy jacks, masthead and steaming/foredeck lights (LED), windex and some wiring. Before this mast goes up is there anything else I should check? Also before I sail her from Huntington to Mt Sinai for the first time is there any peculiarity about the rig (cat sloop, camberspar) that I should know?
Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby tnltracy » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:01 pm

Regarding first time sailing a Freedom, get ready to wonder why the hell you ever ground a winch before besides to raise a sail. Still remember my first sail on a 1990 F35 (Hull #1). I bought my Freedom 32 months later...
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby sailmon » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:37 pm

On many Freedoms, the mast fit around the mast step is a bit loose - permitting the base of the mast to move back and forth when you tack in a breeze or seaway, or when the boat rocks back and forth at anchor. My guess the movement does not do harm, but the sound can be quite atrocious. We fixed the problem on our F30 by adding shims to the sides of the step. As we prepare for moving aboard and retirement cruising next year, we will be doing the same to our F38. There has been quite a bit written about the issue on this board and it is worth researching.
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby Belanich » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:36 pm

Sailmon,
Underneath the clamping ring on the mast there is a plastic tapered blue ring. It looks like it was poured in place when originally installed. I assume this is there to prevent mast movement - maybe spartite?
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby daletournier » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:34 am

I ran a little bit of glass around tophat, this made a very tight fit between mast and tophat (mast step). Hasnt moved in 20,000nm. Also , cable ties around wiring will quiet down wire slapping in mast.
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby sailmon » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:28 am

Blue wedge at partners might be original polyurethane compression ring and its purpose is to secure mast and prevent movement at the deck - which takes the entire mast load in the absence of standing rigging. Some owners have replaced it with spartite. I don't have any experience with it (still using original ring) but have heard good reviews. As Dale noted, the movement I was referring to is down below at the top hat. I may try the fiberglass wrap this time around. Dale - did you need to put in a vertical groove or leave gap in the wrap so rain water could drain out of the mast into the bilge?
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Re: Fist time sailing a Freedom

Postby daletournier » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:10 am

Hi, I didn't leave a gap, but not a bad idea. The water seems to get out ok. I used spartite, haven't had a problem.
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